My pile reaches 160 degrees at times (all without ever turning ). At the same time there are insects and mycelium in the pile. I was under the impression that mycelium didn't like temperatures above 80 degrees and insects would get cooked somewhere around there as well, but unless my thermometer is lying, I have white rot mycelium and a few crawlies just chilling out in a 160 degree sauna.
I don't even know what my question is here. It seems that the numerical indicators and the fauna indicators of temperature are contradicting each other. What gives?
On a side question: are the weed seeds likely to be dying? If the center is 160 degrees, then the outside of the pile probably has viable seeds. How do those with no-turn piles work their way around this?